Alumni Spotlight: Robin Wright

Congratulations Robin Wright on receiving an Honorary Degree for Humane Letters from the University of Michigan! It was a pleasure to have her visit, her energy was infectious!

Robin was a Michigan Daily reporter who graduated from the University with a B.A. in 1970 and a Masters Degree in 1971!

Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times of London, Foreign Affairs, CBS News, The Christian Science Monitor and many others. Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and as a roving foreign correspondent in Latin America and Asia. She most recently covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post.[3]

Wright has also been a fellow at Yale, Duke, Stanford, Dartmouth, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Smithsonian's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Southern California.[4]

The American Academy of Diplomacy selected Wright as the journalist of the year for her "distinguished reporting and analysis of international affairs" in 2004.[5] She was also awarded the U.N. Correspondents Association Gold Medal for analysis and coverage of international affairs, and the National Press Club award for diplomatic reporting.[6] She received the National Magazine Award for her reportage from Iran in The New Yorker[4] and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative" for coverage of African wars. She is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant. She was awarded an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1975 to research and wrote about the dismantling of Portugal's African empire.

Books by Robin include:

Robin Wright (editor), The Islamists are Coming: Who They Really Are United States Institute of Peace Press (April 2012) ISBN 978-1601271341
Robin Wright, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World Simon & Schuster (July 19, 2011) ISBN 978-1-4391-0316-6
Robin Wright (editor), The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy United States Institute of Peace Press (December 1, 2010) ISBN 978-1-60127-084-9
Robin Wright, Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East Penguin Press (2008) ISBN 1-59420-111-0, a New York Times Notable Book in 2008 and one of The Washington Post’s “Best Books of 2008”
Robin Wright, The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran (2000) ISBN 978-0-375-70630-1
Robin Wright and Doyle McManus, Flashpoints: Promise and Peril in a New World Ballantine Books (December 22, 1992) ISBN 978-0-449-90673-6
Robin Wright, In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade Simon & Schuster (October 1989) ISBN 978-0-671-67235-5
Robin Wright, Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam Simon & Schuster (October 1985) ISBN 978-0-671-60113-3, Andre Deutsch (1986) ISBN 978-0-233-97883-3, Touchstone (rev. 2001) ISBN 978-0-7432-3342-2